Founded in 1991, Bridge House is located on seven acres on the beautiful Kona Coast on Hawaii’s big island. Bridge House offers long-term sober living to men and women recovering from chemical dependency. Their mission is to help residents resolve past conflicts, develop healthy behaviors and maintain clean and sober lifestyles.
Accommodations and Amenities
With a view of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Bridge House is surrounded with tropical trees, lush greenery and agricultural terrain. The Bridge House compound is composed of three timeworn buildings. The main house includes a living room, kitchen and meeting rooms. Two detached buildings have sleeping accommodations, one for women and the other for men. Bridge House has a 15-bed capacity, and residents range between the ages of 18 and 60. Residents are housed in groups of five, in dorm-style rooms that are bathed in sunlight, thanks to large windows. The rooms include armoires, twin beds and shelves.
Inside the main house, the rustic kitchen has wooden cupboards, appliances and a large table. Residents prepare and cook their own meals. All food and drinks are labeled with a resident’s name. Clients are responsible for cleaning their dishes and keeping the kitchen tidy. Residents grow native herbs and vegetables, later used for meal preparation, inside a large greenhouse and an outdoor garden. Smoking is allowed in designated areas.
Rules and Regulations
All residents must have a minimum of 30 days sobriety to be admitted to the program and agree to undergo random drug and alcohol testing. Length of stay is no longer than six months. In addition, new residents are subject to an evening 10 pm curfew. After 30 days, the curfew is 11 pm. Lights out is at midnight and other rules include limited phone privileges, specific times for doing laundry, unexpected room inspections and zero tolerance for relapse.
The weekly routine includes mandatory participation at a Monday night in-house meeting and active involvement in a 12-step program. Those who are working or in school for a 20-hour minimum per week must attend three weekly 12-step meetings. Those who are not employed or students have to attend a minimum of four weekly AA/NA meetings. Residents must get sponsors who have at least one year of sobriety within their first week at Bridge House.
Bridge House utilizes Hawaiian cultural practices that include weekly hoo’opono meetings lead by a Hawaiian kupuna (elder) who is also a cultural specialist. During these meetings, residents are taught conflict resolving skills, healing methods for emotional issues and Hawaiian cultural values. The kupuna teaches residents the importance of their own diverse cultures and how connection to their unique backgrounds is a vital part of self-empowerment.
A visiting naturopathic doctor provides acupuncture, smoking cessation support and nutritional counseling to residents twice a week.
Residents take part in the Vocational Skill Building program that includes in-house work projects. Clients employed at full-time jobs contribute two hours per week. Residents working part time or in school participate for eight weekly hours, while unemployed clients are actively involved in the program for a minimum of 15 weekly hours. While laboring on the land, clients are taught hands-on vocational skills. The program also provides resume preparation, office equipment instruction, working as part of an ohana (family) and mock job interviews. While residents are not paid for their work, the program helps them become employable upon discharge.
While Bridge House gives priority to Hawaiian residents, out-of-state residents are admitted, providing that cash is paid for services rendered and that their length of stay is a three-month minimum. Bridge House teaches clients how to stay clean and sober, while living in beautiful Hawaii.
78-6687B Mamalahoa Hwy
Holualoa, HI 96725
P.O. Box 2489
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745
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